11.22 pm: Dhoni – “Bravo wasn’t fit so I couldn’t make him bowl the last over. The choice was between Karn and Jaddu, so I went with Jaddu. Shikhar’s wicket was crucial. I think the pitch was easier to bat on in the second innings.”

Dhoni’s decision to make Jadeja bowl the last over with two left-handers at the crease backfires! Axar hits three sixes in the over to seal the deal. Dhawan remains unbeaten on 101 off 58.

After 19 overs, DC are 163/5 (Dhawan 100, Axar 1)
CENTURY FOR SHIKHAR DHAWAN! This has been a sensational knock from the left-hander. His first IPL ton. He’s single-handedly keeping his team in the contest. A phenomenal over from Sam Curran, just four from it. DC need 17 off 6. Jadeja to bowl the last over.

After 18 overs, DC are 159/5 – Carey is gone!
OUT! Curran removes Carey! The left-hander hits it straight to long-on. This match is going right down to the wire! DC need 21 off 11.

After 18 overs, DC are 159/4 (Dhawan 98, Carey 4)
Dhawan gets the four! Shardul does well to concede just five off the first five balls but Dhawan finds the gap on the leg side off the last ball. This is the left-hander’s highest-ever IPL score. DC need 21 off 12.

After 17 overs, DC are 150/4 (Dhawan 91, Carey 2)
Sensational batting from Shikhar Dhawan! The left-hander enters the 90s with a four and a six off Sam Curran. It all depends on him now. DC need 30 off 18.

After 15.4 overs, DC are 137/4 – Stoinis is gone!
Six and out! CSK get the breakthrough as Shardul Thakur removes Marcus Stoinis. Ambati Rayudu, who had dropped Shikhar Dhawan earlier in the over, takes the catch this time. DC need 43 off 26.

After 15 overs, DC are 129/3 (Dhawan 79, Stoinis 17)
Shikhar Dhawan gets the boundary his team needed from the over. Poor bowling from Karn Sharma. CSK need to break this partnership. DC need 51 off 30.

After 14 overs, DC are 118/3 (Dhawan 70, Stoinis 15)
What a shot from Dhawan! Gets on one knee and sweeps Bravo for four almost in front of square. Nine runs come from that over, DC need 62 off 36.

After 13 overs, DC are 109/3 (Dhawan 63, Stoinis 13)
Superb batting from Marcus Stoinis! Hits a six straight back and follows that up with a four over covers. 13 runs come from that Karn Sharma over.

After 11.3 overs, DC are 94/3 – Iyer is gone!
OUT! A much-needed wicket for CSK and it’s the big one of Shreyas Iyer. It wasn’t a great delivery but Dwayne Bravo strikes nonetheless. Faf du Plessis takes the catch at long-on as Iyer departs for 23 off 23.

After 11 overs, DC are 88/2 (Dhawan 61, Iyer 17)
Sam Curran returns to the attack and DC pick up 12 runs from the over. Two more fours for Dhawan. DC need 92 off 54.

After 10 overs, DC are 76/2 (Dhawan 51, Iyer 15)
FIFTY for Shikhar Dhawan! The left-hander continues his good form and gets a half-century in 29 balls. Delhi Capitals would want him to take them closer to the target. Six runs come from Dwayne Bravo’s first over.

After 9 overs, DC are 70/2 (Dhawan 48, Iyer 13)
Back-to-back fours for Shikhar Dhawan. The left-hander is looking in fine touch. Ten runs come from leg-spinner Karn Sharma’s first over.

After 8 overs, DC are 60/2 (Dhawan 39, Iyer 12)
Deepak Chahar finishes a brilliant spell of 2/18 from 4 overs. On a small ground like Sharjah, that’s a phenomenal effort from the right-arm pacer.

After 7 overs, DC are 54/2 (Dhawan 36, Iyer 9)
Dhawan survives! He slogs one off Jadeja but Chahar can’t hold on to the catch. The left-hander then picks up consecutive fours. Another good over for DC, 13 runs from it. Time for a strategic timeout.

After 6 overs, DC are 41/2 (Dhawan 24, Iyer 8)
Big over for DC! Iyer hits a sumptuous six straight back before Dhawan cuts a wide delivery from Shardul for four.

After 5 overs, DC are 29/2 (Dhawan 19, Iyer 1)
What an eventful over! First Ajinkya Rahane gets out, then Shreyas Iyer gets hurt on his leg and survives a run-out, and finally Shikhar Dhawan too survives a run-out. Deepak Chahar has brilliant figures of 2/12 from his 3 overs so far.

After 4.1 overs, DC are 26/2 – Rahane is gone!
OUT! What a catch from Sam Curran! That was sensational. Ajinkya Rahane times it sweetly but Curran manages to hold on to it at extra cover. Rahane departs for 8 off 10.

After 4 overs, DC are 26/1 (Dhawan 18, Rahane 8)
Ajinkya Rahane gets going with a four past mid-on. Shardul Thakur concedes 8 runs in his first over. DC would want to pick up the scoring rate soon.

After 3 overs, DC are 18/1 (Dhawan 16, Rahane 2)
A superb upper-cut from Shikhar Dhawan and he picks up another four. Ten runs come from that Deepak Chahar over.

After 2 overs, DC are 8/1 (Dhawan 8, Rahane 0)
Two fours for Shikhar Dhawan! The senior left-handed opener is in form and he decides to go after Sam Curran.

After 1 over, DC are 0/1 (Dhawan 0, Rahane 0)
A sensational first over by Deepak Chahar! The right-arm pacer doesn’t concede a single run and also gets the wicket of Prithvi Shaw.

After 0.2 overs, DC are 0/1 – Shaw is gone!
OUT! Horror start for Delhi Capitals as Deepak Chahar gets the wicket of Prithvi Shaw yet again. That was a soft caught-and-bowled dismissal.

9.26 pm: We’re ready for the chase in Sharjah! Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan to open the batting for Delhi Capitals. Deepak Chahar has the new ball in hand for Chennai Super Kings. Here we go!

Ambati Rayudu: 45 not out off 25 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja: 33 not out off 13 balls.
Can DC chase this down?

After 19 overs, CSK are 163/4 (Rayudu 44, Jadeja 18)
Big over for Chennai! Kagiso Rabada errs in his last over and Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja hit a six each. 16 runs come from that over as Rabada finishes with figures of 1/33.

After 18 overs, CSK are 147/4 (Rayudu 36, Jadeja 11)
SIX! Ravindra Jadeja gets one on the pads and he whips it out of the park. Tushar Deshpande finishes with figures of 1/37 from his 4 overs.

After 16.3 overs, CSK are 129/4 – Dhoni is gone!
OUT! MS Dhoni is gone! The CSK skipper steps out and tries to whack it out of the ground but gets a faint edge to the keeper. He has to walk back for just 3 off 5. Anrich Nortje gets his second wicket with a fine slower ball. Ravindra Jadeja is the new man at the crease.

After 16 overs, CSK are 122/3 (Rayudu 23, Dhoni 3)
Six! Clean strike over long-on from Ambati Rayudu over as Marcus Stoinis concedes 10 runs in his first over. CSK really need to up the ante.

After 14.4 overs, CSK are 109/3 – Faf is gone!
OUT! Kagiso Rabada gets the wicket of his compatriot Faf du Plessis (58 off 47). Rabada becomes the fastest to 50 IPL wickets as Shikhar Dhawan completes a superb catch.

After 14 overs, CSK are 105/2 (Faf 54, Rayudu 14)
SIX! Ashwin gives it flight and Rayudu sweeps it for a maximum. CSK have wickets in hand, they’d want to go hard in these last six overs.

After 13 overs, CSK are 94/2 (Faf 53, Rayudu 4)
Ambati Rayudu has joined Faf du Plessis in the middle. Axar Patel finishes with impressive figures of 0/23 from his 4 overs.. Time for a strategic timeout in Sharjah,

After 11.4 overs, CSK are 87/2 – Watson is gone!
OUT! Shane Watson gets clean-bowled right after Faf du Plessis gets to his half-century (his fourth of the season). Fast and accurate from Anrich Nortje. Watson departs for 36 off 28 after a solid partnership for the second wicket.

After 11 overs, CSK are 85/1 (Faf 49, Watson 35)
Another good over for Chennai! Faf du Plessis is in some form at the moment. The South African hits Tushar Deshpande straight back for a six and follows that up with a brilliant scoop for four.

After 10 overs, CSK are 71/1 (Faf 36, Watson 34)
Good over for Chennai, 15 runs from it. Faf hits a four on the leg side before Watson picks two fours and catches up with his partner. Ashwin not finding his range in that over.

After 9 overs, CSK are 56/1 (Faf 31, Watson 24)
Watson stays low and scoops one for four. Nine runs come from that Axar Over.

After 8 overs, CSK are 47/1 (Faf 28, Watson 18)
Ravichandran Ashwin joins the attack and delivers a tidy over, just four from it. Time for a strategic timeout.

After 7 overs, CSK are 43/1 (Faf 26, Watson 16)
Another good over from Axar, just four runs from it. The left-arm spinner is having an impressive season.

After 6 overs, CSK are 39/1 (Faf 24, Watson 14)
Faf and Watson both pick up a four each in that Rabada over. But a small incident there as Faf and Rabada crashed into each other as the former tried to complete a single. Faf looked in pain and the physio had to come out, but he’s fine now. The two South Africans even share a bit of a laugh.

After 5 overs, CSK are 29/1 (Faf 19, Watson 9)
Big over for CSK! Faf du Plessis hits a six and two fours off Anrich Norje as the Super Kings get a much-needed push.

CSK 15/1 after 4 overs (du Plessis 5, Watson 9)

Axar into the attack and he keeps things tight too. DC aren’t giving much away at all.

CSK 12/1 after 3 overs (du Plessis 3, Watson 8)

A good over on the whole spoiled by two poor deliveries and Watson hit them both for four. CSK can breathe a little. The start has been way too slow.

CSK 2/1 after 2 overs (du Plessis 2, Watson 0)

Rabada starts off with a maiden. Watson couldn’t do much at all. This is just the start that DC would have been looking for and exactly the opposite of what CSK needed.

Shane Watson is in next and we all know how dangerous he can be.

CSK 0/1 after 0.3 overs (du Plessis 0)

WICKET! Curran gets a leading edge, caught on the boundary line. Wicket for Tushar Deshpande. Nice catch by Nortje on the boundary line, popped the ball up just as he felt the momentum would take him out and then made sure he was back in before he caught it.

Sam Curran c Nortje b Tushar Deshpande 0(3)

7.24 pm: Another two points will allow CSK to get into the top four. Considering how bad they’ve been at times this season, it will give them a huge boost. DC have been very consistent and they bowling attack has been top class.

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7.11 pm: Shreyas Iyer at the toss...

“We will be giving him (Pant) one more game rest. We are playing with the same team. The boys are really motivated. This is going to be a good challenge, looking forward to it. Till the last ball we need to fight. We are not giving up at any situation. Our mindset is such that we fight till the end.”

7.05 pm: And here are the teams.

Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Tushar Deshpande, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma

7.02 pm: Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and have opted to bat.

6.52 pm: News coming in that Shreyas Iyer is fit to play for DC.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings may have got a much-needed win in their last game but a stern test awaits as they face a dominant Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League today.

Dhoni’s men put in a solid all-round performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad and they would aim to continue in the same vein as they battle to salvage the season.

The absence of Rishabh Pant has put a spanner in the works for DC. It has forced them to change their team combination and it hasn’t worked quite as well as they would have hoped.


Mat DC wins CSK wins DC win% CSK win%
DC vs CSK 22 7 15 31.81 68.19